Cape Town vs Houston - Cost of Living Comparison

Cape Town Houston
🚶 Cost of living one person
$904
$1955
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$2131
$4545
🏠 One person rent
$524
$1159
🏘️ Family rent
$983
$1850
🍽️ Food expenses
$245
$484
🚐 Transport expenses
$54
$169
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$1340
$5581
😷 Air quality
Excellent
Good
✈️ Airport proximity
7 km
16 km
🎓 Higher education
56
100
😀 Quality of life
61
93
🏙️ Population
434K
2.2M

The cost of living in Cape Town is 54% less expensive than in Houston. Cities ranked 5702nd and 643rd ($904 vs $1955) in the list of the most expensive cities in the world and ranked 4th and 526th in South Africa and the United States, respectively. Check South Africa vs the United States comparison.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 1.5 months in Cape Town compared to 2.9 months in Houston. Cape Town ranked 2nd best city to live in South Africa vs Houston ranked 4th in the United States, while ranked 4995th and 33rd among best cities to live in the world.

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Prices in Cape Town vs Houston

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Cape Town Houston
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$7.25
$13.5
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$30
$56.3
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$4.04
$9.19
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$2.12
$5.43
 Cappuccino
$1.81
$4.71
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.92
$2.25
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$586
$1309
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$397
$907
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1213
$2135
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$785
$1482
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$42.6
$119
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$65.1
$185
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$46.7
$51.7
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
8.14%
4.71%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$2104
$3283
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$1443
$1697
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$1.21
$1.26
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$30.7
$42.6
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$6.84
$21
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.3
$1.09
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.92
$0.86
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$0.91
$2.27
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.11
$2.48
🥚 Eggs, x12
$2.3
$3.28
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$7.12
$12.7
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.58
$7.75
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$6.83
$13.7
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.46
$3.61
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.41
$1.24
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.4
$3.42
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.39
$3.38
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.09
$1.65
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.08
$2.2
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.62
$1.27
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.32
$2.39
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$4.99
$14.5
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$1.53
$2.87
🚬 Cigarette pack
$2.88
$7.94
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$4.43
$8.11
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$3.32
$4.82
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.56
$3.98
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.18
$1.9
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$35.6
$46
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$6.04
$12.4
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$24.2
$101
💇 Haircut, simple
$8.86
$16.7
👖 Brand Jeans
$48.4
$47
👟 Brand Sneakers
$89.4
$90.2
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$213
$1125
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$4730
$21878

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$593
371 km or 231 mi George
$689
644 km or 400 mi Uitenhage
$579
662 km or 411 mi Port Elizabeth
$905
664 km or 413 mi Upington
$815
754 km or 468 mi Makhanda
$766
821 km or 510 mi Komani
$761
833 km or 518 mi Kimberley
$785
845 km or 525 mi Bhisho
$783
882 km or 548 mi East London
$800
912 km or 567 mi Bloemfontein
$696
950 km or 590 mi Mafeteng
$579
999 km or 621 mi Maseru
$593
1002 km or 622 mi Mthatha
$760
1029 km or 639 mi Teyateyaneng
$579
1030 km or 640 mi Welkom
$708
1034 km or 643 mi Mariental
$804
1092 km or 679 mi Butha-Buthe
$579
1092 km or 679 mi Kroonstad
$770
1113 km or 692 mi Klerksdorp
$629
1135 km or 705 mi Mmabatho
$762
1155 km or 718 mi Potchefstroom
$639
1187 km or 737 mi Rehoboth
$806
1194 km or 742 mi Lobatse
$615
1198 km or 745 mi Kanye
$641
1208 km or 751 mi Vanderbijlpark
$852
1217 km or 756 mi Vereeniging
$728
1231 km or 765 mi Pietermaritzburg
$685
1244 km or 773 mi Soweto
$897
1250 km or 777 mi Rustenburg
$881
1260 km or 783 mi Gaborone
$668
1261 km or 783 mi Molepolole
$616
1261 km or 784 mi Johannesburg
$935
1267 km or 788 mi Randburg
$776
1269 km or 789 mi Windhoek
$841
1270 km or 789 mi Sandton
$907
1271 km or 790 mi Durban
$827
1277 km or 794 mi Gobabis
$801
1279 km or 795 mi Walvis Bay
$743

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